New York Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins - 2/20/21 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Pittsburgh Penguins (8-6-1) vs New York Islanders (8-5-3)
Game Info: Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 7:00 pm (PPG Paints Arena)
Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Penguins -116 / New York Islanders +105 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins meet Saturday in NHL action at the PPG Paints Arena.
The New York Islanders look for a win after winning five of their last seven games. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 21.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Anders Lee leads New York with seven goals, Mathew Barzal has nine assists and Jordan Eberle has 45 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.2 goals per game and are killing 81.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 24 goals on 341 shots faced and Ilya Sorokin has allowed 11 goals on 105 shots.
The Pittsburgh Penguins look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 14.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Sidney Crosby leads Pittsburgh with six goals, Bryan Rust has nine assists and Jake Guentzel has 37 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 3.6 goals per game and are killing 73.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Tristan Jarry has allowed 32 goals on 280 shots and Casey DeSmith has allowed 17 goals on 148 shots.
The Islanders are 3-7 in their last 10 road games and 5-2 in their last 7 overall. The Penguins are 151-70 in their last 221 home games and 1-5 in their last 6 Saturday games. The under is 13-5-1 in Islanders last 19 overall. The over is 9-4-1 in Penguins last 14 home games. The Islanders are 13-32 in the last 45 meetings in Pittsburgh and 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.
The Pittsburgh Penguins just smoked the Islanders a couple days ago and they're going to be favorites most nights at home given their reputation. However, the New York Islanders are a team I usually blindly back in the underdog role because of their defensive effort and how well coached they are. You know what you're getting from the Islanders night to night and there's value with those sort of teams with the plus money. Give me the Islanders.